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Hip Slinger Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 January 2008

Cora’s in the midst of a rather intense bout of separation anxiety, as I may have mentioned one or twelve times. If I can slip out unnoticed she’s fine, but as soon as she spies me after a long absence – say, a thirty-second pee break – she bursts into tears and begins jabbering frantically, filling me in on all the woes that have been heaped upon her head while I’ve been gone. Sometimes she’s content to play happily on her playmat, surrounded by stuffed animals and chew toys, while I work in an adjoining room. Other times, she needs to be near me but will entertain herself, say, on the kitchen floor, while I step over her and keep up a stream of conversation. In those instances, as long as she can see me, hear me, occasionally feel me, and believe that she’s got my attention, she’s fine.

But then there’s the other 70% of my life, when nothing will do but that she must be held. By mommy. (And in those moods, hand her to my husband and she gets a look on her face that’s positively French in its contemptible disdain: “What is zees Daddy zing? Sacre dieu! ‘E steenks! Pieu! Removez-moi rapidement, s’il-vous-plait!” It would be quite funny if it weren’t for the hurt look on Brian’s face.) And listen, with a child rounding the corner rapidly towards 8 months, this holding thing gets old.

You know me – I’m a big fan of the soft carrier. I’ve got a Bjorn, a sling, an Ergo carrier, the works – and I use them all. But none of them are quite right all the time. The Bjorn, for instance, is great for walking and sitting, but having her right in front of me is problematic when, say, using sharp knives or needing to lean over a lot for laundry or some such. Ditto for the Ergo carrier. The sling is great, and Cora will cozy up in that thing and conk out if I need her to. But it’s a bit bulky and can’t be crammed into a diaper bag easily for when I need an extra pair of hands, and while Cora loves it for snoozing in a cradle hold, it’s a bit hot to her for the hip wearing.

Which is why I’m happy to announce I’ve got yet another soft carrier – the PUJ (pronounced “pudge”) Go Sling. I got this puppy a couple months ago and have been putting it through its paces. Why in the world do I need another one, you might ask? Here’s why:

This thing is pretty dang tiny. That means it’s great to throw in the diaper bag and use on, say, the airplane if Cora wants to be held while she sleeps, or waiting in the ticket line, or out to lunch with a girlfriend and your kid won’t stay still and you want to cut your own food already. At this restless age, I can’t keep Cora strapped into anything for long, and the Bjorn and Ergo take a lot of fanfare to get in and out of, but this is so quick and painless I don’t mind. If I know Cora’s going to need “retreat” space and I’m heading out for a long time I’ll take my usual sling, but the PUJ is what’s in my diaper bag for that extra hand.

Second, Cora really loves the way it pulls her so snugly on my hip without swallowing her in fabric. There’s less fabric here than a traditional sling so it’s less all-encompassing, which makes it ideal for the hip-sitting position. Cora feels free to look around and gesticulate, and I have use of both arms whereas with my usual sling one arms somewhat immobilized from the sling fabric. So I put this baby to use when I’m trying to get dinner ready, pay bills, sort laundry, whatever, and have to hold the Clinging Kiddo at the same time.

Third, this sling is really easy to use, even for non-sling people. There’s no loops, no snaps, nothing, which makes it easy to get into by yourself. Again, a definite bonus in my book.

So if you’re looking for an extra helping hand, think about the PUJ (I know I sound like a commercial but they didn’t pay me, I swear!). It comes in some really cool, hip fabrics and is definitely an asset to the busy mom.

My hair may have several days’ worth of grease in it; my breast pads may not have been changed for a few weeks and are starting to emit an unpleasant odor; my jeans (the only pair I can fit into) may have several meals’ worth of prunes on them; but dang it, I’ve got a cool baby carrier, so I look stylin’ while I’m making that mac and cheese.

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